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Job Title:  Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Clinical and Educational Services
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-658-13-EW813408

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$117,065.00 to $138,566.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Salem, VA United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 813408.  Please include on all uploaded documents and refer to this number when making inquiries.

OUR MISSION:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke which has natural beauty and many summit features such as: the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Mill Mountain Zoo, and many outdoor pursuits such as the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway which run through this area.

The Salem VAMC offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on employment opportunities and benefits, please visit our website at:

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply:  5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services.  Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities.  For more information, go to:



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Licensure, Certification, or Registration
  • Background and/or Security Investigation
  • Must pass Pre-Employment Examination


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NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience, and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Work Schedule:  7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Position Title, series & grade:  GS-0660-13

Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment incentive of up to $5,000 for a 2 year commitment has been authorized.


  • Manages activities of assigned clinical pharmacy staff.
  • Develops, implements, manages, and directs clinical pharmacy and educational programs.
  • Provides leadership to clinical pharmacy programs and services throughout VA Health Care System or Medical Center.
  • Assumes role of Acting Chief of Pharmacy Service, with associated duties/responsibilities if requested by Chief of Pharmacy, Chief of Staff, or Medical Center Director.
  • May be asked for a temporary detail assignment to other VA Health Care System or Medical Center for a period not exceeding 90 days, if mutually agreeable.
  • Establishes/compiles performance improvement indicators by monitoring clinical pharmacy programs and pertinent medication management systems.
  • Responsible for management of clinical practice including scheduling, reviewing consults (including non-formulary requests), providing patient care, and assuring coverage for clinical services at all times.
  • Responsible for the quality of education and experiences for PharmD student and/or residents.
  • Serves as program director, sponsor, and/or preceptor by coordinating/supervising activities of senior PharmD students and residents.


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  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Graduate of Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e.. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
  • Proficient in spoken and written the English language.


Clinical pharmacy specialist functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual Medical Center to directly care for patients.

Plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services.


  • Must have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

2.  Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their programs area.

3.  Ability to solve problems, coordinate, organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

4.  Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

5.  Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.



  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Bending
  • Light Lifting

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Educations must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send  Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


  • Graduate of Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

VETERANS PREFERENCE:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application and/or resume.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled/deceased Veteran, must complete an SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran Preference).  Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their application, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof, prior to appointment as documentation of entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit:


Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  If interviews are conducted, you may be evaluated based upon responses you provide to questions during the structured interview.  In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

In addition to "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  To learn more about benefits offered, visit:

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services.  Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities.  For more information, go to:

The incumbent for this position may be elibigle to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.



The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans' Preference points) for this vacancy.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website st:


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YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.  You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in you applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just re-apply through your account on USAJOBS.   Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.  Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.  Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the Occupational Questionnaire:

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.  Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 813408.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

3.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Questions regarding this vacancy should be directed to:

                           Charlene Trovata, HR Specialist


                           (540) 982-2463, extension 2073



Please submit the following documents when applying:

  • Resume or CV
  • VA Form 10-2850c/Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Response to Occupational Questionnaire 
  • You MUST submit an Optional Form 306/Declaration for Federal Employment (available at
  • DD-214(s) - If prior military service
  • If claiming Veterans Preference, you MUST submit a completed SF-15/Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference
  • Certificate of Eligibility  - If disabled veteran

**Current employees must include most recent:

  • SF-50/Notification of Personnel Action
  • Performance Appraisal




Charlene Trovata
Phone: (540)982-2463x2073
Agency Information:
1970 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA


After your complete application packet is received (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure your resume supports answers given in the questionnaire.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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